The Chapmanville Middle School boys’ basketball team, under the new leadership of head coach Jody Harless, has started off the season with a pair of wins and a pair of losses.
Chapmanville (2-2) lost 47-22 to Poca in Cardinal Conference action, then fell 41-28 to Burch, before winning 41-39 over Man and taking a 53-42 win on Monday night at home over Sherman.
“Poca could have the best middle school team in our conference. The Frampton kid is the real deal he could start for most high schools in West Virginia. He led all scores with 23 points,” Harless said.
Bailey paced the Tigers with 15 points against Poca.
Adam Vance and Devin Collins played well in the Burch game as each tossed in eight points for the Tigers.
“Burch is the best middle school team in Mingo County and I expect them to win the Mingo County middle school championship,” Harless said.
Against Man at home, the Tigers led 23-13 at halftime before the Pioneers cut the lead to 30-28. Man eventually took a nine-point lead with 1:30 seconds left before Chapmanville stormed back to win by two.
Collins and Bailey had 10 and nine points respectively to lead CMS.
“I can’t say enough about the defense and ballhandling of Dylan Smith in those last four minutes or so,” Harless said. “He became a floor general.
Against Sherman, Chapmanville held a 36-19 halftime lead and coasted to victory.
Bailey led the Tigers with a 21-point effort.
Smith finished with seven points, six assists and three steals.
Collins finished the game with six points.
Jeremy Lilly came of the bench and contributed six points and five rebounds. Tyler Moore also had six points.
CMS was scheduled to host Van on Thursday. Next Monday, CMS hosts Duval before playing Logan Middle School at home on Dec. 19 during school hours.